Cultural Codes and Protocols for Indigenous Digital Heritage Management

An increasing number of digital humanities projects grow from collaborations among indigenous communities, scholars and technologists. These projects must deal with not just technology, but also with diverse cultural systems, historical situations and collaborative expectations. This course will take participants through an overview of indigenous heritage management emphasizing the unique needs, challenges and opportunities tied to indigenous digital heritage. This course focuses on the implementation and integration of cultural protocols and diverse ethical systems into content management systems, digital archives and online exhibitions through the lessons learned developing and implementing Mukurtu CMS.

 

 

 

Information about the course

 

Tools:

Mukurtu CMS: Built from the ground up with the needs of indigenous communities in mind, Mukurtu CMS provides a flexible, free and open source Drupal7-based software for creating, managing, sharing and preserving digital cultural heritage, associated traditional knowledge and educational materials. We will use Mukurtu.net to host sites built during this training and provide informations for getting a mukurtu.net site for your project.

Mukurtu Mobile is a mobile authoring tool for Mukurtu CMS. With Mukurtu Mobile you can create content on-the-go and upload media to your own Mukurtu CMS-powered community archive, while maintaining control over your content. Mukurtu Mobile is available for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and Android tablets. (If participants do not have a smartphone or tablet, they will be paired with others who do in order to learn the product). mukurtumobile.org

Outcomes:

This course will take participants through an overview of indigenous heritage management emphasizing the unique needs, challenges and opportunities tied to indigenous digital heritage. This course focuses on the implementation and integration of cultural protocols and diverse ethical systems into content management systems, digital archives and online exhibitions through the lessons learned developing and implementing Mukurtu CMS.

Goals:

Participants will receive hands on training with Mukurtu CMS and its core features including:

  • Creating cultural and sharing protocols through community engagement
  • Integrating traditional knowledge into architecture, display and management
  • Metadata, standards, free tagging, multi-authored commenting
  • Digital heritage preservation standards and issues
  • Rich media management, syndication, archiving and sharing
  • Building interactive, co-curated exhibitions
  • Mobile digital heritage collection and presentation
  • Mapping; Educational modules for student engagement
  • Community Agile Development methods.
  • Implementation of Mukurtu CMS, using CoMunn

Participants will come away from this course with a functioning community-based digital heritage archive, built in Drupal using Mukurtu CMS, and serviced by Mukurtu.net.

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